Used SEAT Ibiza FR (2009 - 2017) Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 22 Apr 2016
4
Sitting between the standard Ibiza range and the high performance Cupra is the FR model. It has similarly sporty styling to the Cupra with large bumpers and 17-inch alloys, but unlike the quickest model, the FR is available with both three and five doors, making it more practical for family buyers.

SEAT Ibiza FR (09-17)
  • Sporty image
  • Affordable running costs
  • Characterful turbocharged petrol engine
  • Neat handling
  • Economical TDI available
  • Petrol only available with a sequential automatic gearbox

New price range:

£13,995 - £18,570

Used price range:

£1,937 - £9,312

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4 out of 5

Sitting between the standard Ibiza range and the high performance Cupra is the FR model. It has similarly sporty styling to the Cupra with large bumpers and 17-inch alloys, but unlike the quickest model, the FR is available with both three and five doors, making it more practical for family buyers. It's available with the same twin charged 1.4 TSI engine and although power is reduced to 150bhp (compared to 180bhp in the Cupra) it still pulls strongly from low revs. It's good to drive too with stiffened sports suspension and sharp steering, but what may surprise many is the lack of a manual gearbox on the petrol. Instead it only available with a sequential DSG gearbox which isn't quite as enjoyable to use as a manual. However, in 2010 an impressively economical TDI version was added to the line-up which uses a slick six-speed manual gearbox.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4 out of 5

Performance

4 out of 5

Handling

4 out of 5

Comfort

3.5 out of 5

Practicality

3.5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

4 out of 5

Safety

4.5 out of 5

Reliability

4 out of 5

Running costs

4.5 out of 5

Green credentials

4.5 out of 5

Buying used

4 out of 5

Selling

4 out of 5

Equipment

4 out of 5

What owners say...

 Couldn't find anything practical about the car the boot couldn't even hold a set of golf clubs let alone the trolley. I had a zetec s fiesta before this car and that swallowed a set of clubs and...  

3 out of 5

Zack Iddo ,   27 Nov 2014    ... read more

 Boot capacity is generous despite the size of the car.  

2 out of 5

Daniel Ryan ,   08 Nov 2014    ... read more

 The mpg figures are (amazingly) as advertised - even with spirited driving the fuel consumption is excellent.  

4 out of 5

Ian Sandall ,   27 Aug 2013    ... read more

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